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    Present at Pearl Harbor

    USS Tennessee (BB-43).
    USS Tennessee (BB-43) was the lead ship of the Tennessee-class of American dreadnought battleships; her sister ship was the USS California. She was the sixth ship named for the 16th state, "The Volunteer State," Tennessee. The Tennessee was at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Moored inboard of the USS West Virginia next to Ford Island, since she could not get underway, she defended herself with her anti-aircraft batteries. She was slightly damaged by bombs and after repairs was sent to guard the West Coast.

    The 48-star ensign of the Tennessee is an approximately 120" X 180" wool bunting flag, with sewn stars & stripes and is finished with a roped canvas header and two rope loops at each hoist end. The flag is marked on the upper hoist obverse. "Tenn...[illeg.]".

    After a complete refit for repairs, training, and modernization, Tennessee immediately moved up to the Aleutians area, where her 14-inch guns bombarded Kiska after that island was invaded in August. During the next year, from November 1943 into September 1944, she participated in bombardments of Tarawa, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, New Ireland, Saipan (where she was damaged by Japanese counter-fire), Guam, Tinian, Anguar and Pelieu. In the Philippines, Tennessee's guns also pounded Leyte for the liberation of those islands, during which she helped sink the Japanese battleship Yamashiro. After a stateside overhaul, Tennessee supported the Iwo Jima operation and bombarded Okinawa, where she was struck by a kamikaze. She continued her gunfire support and operated in Chinese waters until the end of the war when the ship participated in occupational duties until returning to the States.

    This would be a great addition for any Pearl Harbor or War in the Pacific collector.

    WWII Awards of the USS Tennessee (BB-43): Navy Unit Commendation; American Defense Service Medal with "FLEET" clasp; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with ten campaign stars; World War II Victory Medal and Navy Occupation Service Medal.

    Condition: Good - the ensign is used, worn and soiled with numerous shipboard repairs to the original fly edge.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection. If you scroll further, you will also find various contemporary newspaper articles, as well as a selection of the many letters of donation and transmittal which accompanied the collection and a categorization of the collection.

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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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